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hello everyone,
I'm making a stocking stich scarf and it has curled towards the centre! As it is quite a long piece, can anyone offer me any help on how I should block it out? I've never blocked before!

Thnx!

Love and best stitches,
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(((((( Love the 'love and best stitches' you used! TY for that!

Your pattern will curl = nature of the beast. I hear it all the time for a stickinette scarf. It needs some off-setting stitches every 5 sts or so to lay flat; Basket weave pattern would be one.

Blocking will help some, but I'm 100% positive it will curl back.

******* How wide is it and what edge stitch did you use?

Send me the entire pattern, top to bottom, send it in a private message, I'll view it and make suggestions on giving it some stabalizing possibilities.

********Do you crochet, too?

Answer the three posed questions, please (private message via forum) and we can trouble shoot.

TTYL & HAND!

Donna Rae
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April_Showers said:
hello everyone,
I'm making a stocking stich scarf and it has curled towards the centre! As it is quite a long piece, can anyone offer me any help on how I should block it out? I've never blocked before!

Thnx!

Love and best stitches,
-A.S.-
 

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Hey, I tried to PM you, but couldn't get it to work!!
My scarf is 49 stiches per row;the trouble is it is already 72.5 inches long!! It is 9.5 inches wide.
The pattern was just k1row, p1row rep this to end, as I devised it myself-I can't crochet

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Stocking stitch fabric always curls, and it isn't just the edges, it's the whole fabric.

If it's wool, moisten it and pin it out flat and be careful to get it the shape you want. Let it dry and it the problem should be improved.

If it's acrylic, carefully pin it out (dry) and steam or iron it (with a dish towel or something over the scarf, so the iron doesn't directly touch it). This will remove both the curl and the stretch, but to me, removing the curl is worth it. Steaming or ironing the scarf will also make the shape permanent, so be careful in pinning it out flat.

In future, you may like to avoid pure stocking stitch scarves.
 

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Gotta have a noncurling border top and bottom and up both sides to hold the stockinette flat. 3 rows garter or seed stitch each end and 3-4 stitches of same at each end of every row should help a lot. My first scarf did the same thing b/c I didn't know how knitting behaved at that point. My nice son, the recipient, said he preferred it curling b/c it stayed closer to his neck that way!

PS you can easily learn to crochet enough to do a single crochet border around knitting. It's just knitting one stitch at a time instead of holding the whole row on the needle. Very helpful skill to have for knitters. GL!
 
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